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The Wedding Tribe 2018

 

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The Wedding Tribe 2018

~a social subset of people who are linked by the common culture of bespoke and handcrafted wedding beauty.

Foreword

3 weeks after it ended, I still think it’s so surreal. I have many thoughts on this event and the industry, while I am looking for myself in London these days I will gather my thoughts and start writing on these forgotten-thoughts.

The Wedding Tribe was started in 2017 when I rented my first ever warehouse. It was a year of coming out, my first year of full-timing while both kids went to school. I remembered my excitement and so I planned for a party, I reckoned if everyone can come for a party then we should do a wedding showcase. The idea was really raw, I knew I wanted something cohesive and complementary. Whenever I passed by those wedding fairs in a mall, they always had those tacky red carpet, one mannequin with a princess-cut dress on, fake flowers stringing over the booth and imagine it replicated 5 times, because 5 different vendors. I knew for sure my show will never be like that, I want it to be a real wedding, I want it to be REAL. If you have ever been to my warehouse, you will know that it is in a heavy industrial space where no wedding should be held. But, if the show can be done so well a wedding could be done then this A-team could transform a dumpsite into a wedding venue. This is the idea behind the show.

Like I said, TWT’17 was experimental. Because it was never done cohesively before, I do not know what will the response be. It was jittery to say for sure. The worst was the heat! I didn’t have air-con at that point of time and I remembered Mr. Treadwell had to go get ice for the cooler machine a few times a day.

The Wedding Tribe 2018 was scheduled for April like the year before, but it was so hard for all the vendors to find time to come together. Curating the tribe was crucial. I had the mood set and so getting the correct vendors to translate the mood is important. But when I got the team together, I got word from Mr. Treadwell that we might be moving. The show must go on after all the time invested, but it will be a farewell party for myself I thought.

I reinvented my thought, I IMAGINED MYSELF TO BE THE BRIDE.

Curating The Vendors

As a bride, (after the venue is sorted) the second most important would be the Photographers and then Gown. Both I have very good ideas who to go to, I dashed to Bloc Memoire, Super Panda, Smitten Pixels and AIB. These are the photographers I shortlisted because they are always dramatic with flair. I like posey shots and with the mood I had in mind, they will be perfect.

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Gown, oh my gown. A mistake I have made once, I was so afraid of being drown in the crowd on my wedding day that I chose a gown that required me to wear a can-can underneath to make me look big. If I could do it all over again, no doubt this time I will ask my yoga sister Mel from Caramel & Co. to do my gown. She does subtle silhouettes with an unassuming peek-a-boo somewhere. She always manages to find a twist to something so classy.

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she is really my blessing. I am so glad I found her albeit a bit late but we had so much fun together. In this industry, honestly there is not a business-business front we are trying to sell. We aim to be personable ( relate-able) and professional at the same time.

 

Third, would be none other than a Stylist. Lucky me, if this is my real wedding I really would be in luck. A stylist would be able to pull all the aesthetics together and make it cohesive, and I trust none other than MerryLove Weddings (MLW). She is one of the pioneer in this wedding revolution, one of the most resourceful and aesthetically astute person I have met. She ponders on the littlest meaning and translate them beautifully into props and landscapes. I simply gave her my mood and she translated them into a mood board fit for interpretation for all other vendors. Apart from doing the logistics of curating the team, finding sponsors and a bit of knick knacks here and there. I really have to give credit to Team MLW for doing the rest of the work.

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Team MLW. BIGGEST THANK YOU for doing this with me! Shuying, Shuling and Jolene thank you for all the help you rendered. XXXXXXX

Depending on how much you want to control your own wedding, if you think you have done enough this is when you want to get a Wedding Planner involved. A modern Wedding Planner is what I call it, Chelsea from Holy Moly is not only good for liaisons between vendors, plan timelines, coordinate all those suffocating emails between people and managing your budget but she is also inclined to help on your aesthetics.

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if you are like me, hate paper work, admin work or whatever chores that bogs you down look for this girl! she is savvy, patient and definitely a gem to work with.

The next important thing (to me) would be florals, as a florist and leaving the wedding scene who will be my next go-to? I considered hard and long as I really did approach a few other florists friends. But in the end, Floral Magic my beloved idols for the longest time is my ultimate choice. I need to be assured that my florals are in good hands, literally. I am anal af when it comes to flowers being fresh and exotic enough, yah! I am a flower snob and to be able to deliver. From personal to large scale arrangements, I need to make sure the human resource and the quality suffice my floral greed. Floral Magic would again be my only choice if I could do this all over again.

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Fronted by Daughters led by Aunty Lucy, I am always envious of their dynamics. Always a big fan of their work.

Makeup, seriously guys, let’s talk about this. I go to yoga, wet-market and swimming without makeup. THAT’S IT. The last time I went to the wet market without makeup baby-wearing my daughter I was asked: “where is your madam?” WHUTTTTTDAF! Hence, I cannot highlight the importance of covering all your uneven tones ( unless you are Meghan Markle ) during your wedding, or the 10000 eye bags. Makeup Maestro is a group of girls trained traditionally with a knack for trends. I gloated at their Instagram before approaching them to be part of TWT’18. Must I say their eyeliner skills are always on fleek?

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Founded by Jas & Valda, these girls are really awesome at what they do. Minimum makeup to drama flair, day to night look – they are indeed maestro in their line.

You all know how I feel about florals on cake, real florals that is. Nope, I do not agree. Flowers are grown with copious amount of pesticides not only on the stems, most of the time their buds or blooms are dipped in chemicals before they go on that long haul flight bound to Singapore so they can keep their shape and freshness. Ask any decent florists they will tell you that these flowers are dirty af and shouldn’t be put on food. They are definitely inedible as well. Here comes Winifred from Winifred Kristé Cake to the rescue, her sugar flowers are as good or even better than real ones. Made entirely from scratch, petal by petal moulded together to form a gorgeous bloom. The craft, the patience and the skill is unrivalled. I went to her class once, can I say I am done after doing one leaf. Cant even do that petal without her help. Needless to say, her cakes are always such a treat. My kids call her Macaron Aunty, cos they remember the macarons not the girl who made it. Says it all, lol.

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It’s a waste not to put a face to that name, Winifred the most hardworking girl I know. Honestly, when I talk to her sometimes I really wonder wtf was I doing when I was young. Her dogged perseverance to grow her craft is real and I honestly adore her and her works so much.

After all these been done, time to send out your invites ladies. May I propose the most up and coming talent in the industry? The dreamy handwriting, the strokes, the curves and the flair. Charis from Gifts of Grace Design has magic hands. Everything she touches turn into gold. She is definitely one to look out for, she’s going to get so big one day. ( my god, do I sound turned on here or what….. )

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A little backstory, she was my bride and when she came to me she said I am going to do my own wedding invite. I was skeptical…. until I was blown away with what I saw. They say practice makes perfect, I say it’s God’s gift. Her strokes are so delicate and so dreamy, it suits wedding to a T.

Another client turned friendor ( vendor + friends ) is Nigel from Common Hands. Can I also add that our posters, banners and insta stories board are all made from scratch collaboratively by Nigel & Charis ( Common Hands + Gift of Grace Design ). They both have great background on graphic designing and the outcome is just so balanced. Common Hands specialises ( I love saying this) in wooden oddities. Ang pow box being laser cut beautifully, no need for nails just like a puzzle that fits nicely. Check out their work, the possibilities are endless. Huge thanks for all the contribution really!

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The best thing about this couple is their zen. They produce simple but high quality stuff which is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. I have a lot to thank for, they basically furnished the whole TWT with their work. I am really really blessed to make such friends like them. Thank you both for always always supportive!

To me these are my ideal vendors for my board and I couldn’t be happier how it turned out. Oh, don’t think it’s so easy typing this out. I had many choices and there are so many more I would love to include in the show but due to space constraint and maximising attendees and vendors experience, I kept it manageable.

The most important factors when I ( as a bride ) curate these vendors are based on

  • originality ( these vendors take pride in their work, they produce results as true to themselves as they could )
  • how well they work with each other?
  • price point against each other ( imagine a $1500 MUA and then your flowers only budgeted $1000??? )
  • style ( black and white photographer and a festival event don’t go u know what I mean?)
  • availability ( able to take in extended work hours and extended job scope, let’s say personal flowers to venue / large scale arrangements )
  • professionalism ( personable yet deliver professional results )

Objective

The objective of The Wedding Tribe 2018 is the same as the first, to showcase how a group of like minded individuals can come together to bring up the standard of a wedding. Because we are friends beneath it all, we know each other quirks and strength and that enable us to work better with each other. The best way to do therefore is to come together to do a pseudo wedding. Complete with tablescape, dessert table, chuppah, backdrop and a communal display.

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Selfie-ing with le tribe.

Let me show you how I planned for my (pseudo) wedding.

After discussing with my girl gang what kind of wedding I wanna have, Mel said lets just go for something happy lah! I was thinking of Coachella and she said Wonderfruit! She reads minds. And so it is, Coachella vibe. But the boho, rustic, neutral toned, rattan chairs and teepee is overused. So I opted for a colourful Coachella. Something like a fiesta kinda feel. And that was how I told Shuying from MLW.

She drew up this mood board, I told her what I need and how I felt about it and we went about doing our own things. Yup, I didn’t even know how and what it will be like until my wedding day ( just like other brides ). We even did a site recce too. Really as if I was getting married to my own event. Team MLW in turn liaised with the rest of the vendors on the aesthetic aspect including Floral Magic on the colours and varietals of flowers being used while Chill Bride over here talked to Holy Moly on the boring administrative work to be taken care of. Chelsea took immaculate care about the attendees, putting their names into spreadsheets and whatever thing in columns and rows which I cannot be bothered with. Best wedding planning ever.

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I gave my planner a run down and she gave me this as first draft. Such a waste MLW is not customising anymore.

Again, the same thing with the poster ( my invite in this case ), I used to tell my clients that your wedding started when you sent out your invites. Your invite is a prelude of the wedding feel you wanna bring on, the colour is the most basic thing but having a great wedding font brings it to another level. In this case, I approached Nigel and Charis ( because TWT is about working well together right? ) to do up the poster. Nigel gave the draft passed on to Charis for a touch up and voila! Seriously, I was so wow-ed at their collaboration I was like a proud mama. I cannot thank and praise them enough for doing this.

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Look at the before and after – first draft done by Common Hands, complemented by Gifts of Grace Design.

This lazy bride didn’t even turn up for the rehearsal cos she was so drunk on her hen’s night ( I went partying with Styled Story, Super Panda, SmittenPixels and Caramel. literally got home at like 3am cos I need to send MELion home ). Team MLW and Floral Magic magically transformed the space while I was nursing that bad hangover. Isn’t this people how you want your wedding to be? LOL, being smug about it.

How the day went?

Blardy well I must say! The bride was properly surprised! ( Getting all my British accents right already. ) At one point, all of us got swarmed as people starting to come at the same time. It was honestly my biggest fear when I was organising the event ( that’s why I had a cap limit ). But we got inundated by honest and sincere questions, the vibe was drippin’ people! Chelsea ( Holy Moly ) and I played host by greeting and introducing everyone when attendees came in, I must have sounded like a broken record. In fact, I was a broken record, I was nursing a flu, cough and slight fever from the hangover the day before I dragged my sorry ass to my own farewell party. The vibe really made it all up, everyone felt great even though we were so exhausted after the event. But what touched my heart was some couples came up and gave me their blessings, said good luck, bade farewell and took photos even ( warrao, I really should have put on a gown).

The turn out was spectacular, I woke up to a sold out event and I was both excited and flustered. I added more spaces and it got grabbed up so fast, I had to close the walk-in option. I felt really blessed that Singaporeans are beginning to appreciate hand made weddings, but honestly can u all be a bit faster not? Wait till I leave the scene, tsk.

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All smiles onboard.

 

Not forgetting…

the biggest thank you to the sponsors. As I wanted The Wedding Tribe 2018 to be a casual event, I seek for sponsors who are able to fill the needs. We had Candlesoflight to fill the spaces with aromatic scents, Nineteen95sg to provide the much needed caffeine fix and Gold Gild ice cream for the creamiest ice cream for that day.

Attendees are also treated to a special discount on that day. I say special means really special ok? Do u ever see LV, Chanel or Hermes doing discount? No right? But these vendors gave me a lot of face and I really beh-hiao-bai asked them to give me discounts. Honestly, its a turn off people so I asked in your stead. As a creative and producer of hard work myself, I value not only my time invested but also my skills hence its almost insulting when people asked me for a discount. And in true honesty, we don’t earn enough. And in kampung spirit, they have also decided to give discounts to attendees who take up 2 or more vendors from TWT’18. Super ons I must say my friendors.

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I cannot believe I didn’t get to eat a cup of ice cream myself, otherwise I had a few cuppa lattes. Thank you all so much for being a part of it.

 

After-thought

People, may I open the floodgate of Communal Wedding fairs. Going forth, I am sure you will see more events alike. After TWT’17 I have seen people going in the same direction. Let’s celebrate this good change in the industry, but remember you saw TWT first. Its a good push in the industry if it’s done correctly, if it’s done beautifully and if it’s done ethically. I welcome vendors to do the same, but do it for the sake of pushing the wedding boundaries, to better your skills, to make more friends, to satisfy that creative ego but never do it on the expanse of another vendor or your clienteles. Remember, it takes a tribe to do a wedding. Burgeoning scene can also stifles creativity, ( me set a reminder) it’s a topic I will address another day.

Below are some snapshots of the day contributed by Smitten Pandas or the SPs ( Smitten Pixels + Super Pandas ).

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Complementary Work by MLW and GOGD

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Tribe Vibe – vibrant colors and clean lines

 

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thank you all vendors and attendees for coming to my farewell and pseudo wedding. it was really so much fun!

That’s all for now folks. I hope this post will be of some use to brides and vendors alike.

xx

Fiona T

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The Wedding Tea Party – Autumn Affair

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I recently hosted a Wedding Tea Party strictly for brides ( not exactly strictly as there was a poor groom-to-be nestled amon

gst the roses ). The aim was to have a cozy afternoon of sipping teas andtalk all about weddings. I previously hosted The Wedding Tribe which was more like a one-stop shop for indie vendors, gathering of 12 different vendors in a venue. This time round, I wanted something more interactive and engaging. Not just for the attendees but also for vendors themselves. We have always been in our own roles, so its good to understand other roles and see how we can complement each other. The highlight was definitely being able to exchange thoughts, hence we incorporated Speakers and dialogue sessions.

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Host & Organizer – Fiona Treadwell
Co-Host – Nilufer Tea

Guest Speakers

Fiona Treadwell for flowers and styling
Wilson from Androidsinboots for Photography and Videography
Cheryl from Wedding Concepteur for Wedding Planning

Sponsors

Kiyone+LIM for manicures
Itto+LIM for hairstyling
XOXO & CO. for Tiffany and chairs
Wedding Knots by Lavish for the scrumptious buffet
thank you for the above vendors and sponsors. the event was fruitful because of everyone’s participation.

MINGLING SESSION & MINI MAKEOVERS

Brides were encouraged to mingle around with the other brides. Indulge with hair blow-outs and quick mani and pedi with Kiyone+Lim and Itto+Lim. Having small bites and discussing dresses over teas. These vendors are also curated for Wedding purposes, Kiyone provides Wedding-centric manis outside of their quirky usual nail arts that are so subtle yet beautiful . Itto+Lim does not only provide your day-to-day hair dream but also does wedding hairdos and makeup. Wedding knots by lavish also provide the yummy treats and other catering services whereas Nilufer Tea is an artisan organic tea house that wishes more brides will opt for beautiful tea favours to present to their guests. One special mention would be XOXO & CO. who provided the beautiful Tiffany and Ghost Chairs, they literally saved the day! I had only assorted 15 chairs and were expecting 25 of you so I had to call her one day before the event! I have worked with XOXO a couple of times and have gathered quite a few good feedbacks from my clients. Having friendors ( friends + vendors ) like this is definitely handy!

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THE REASON BEING ALL BRIDES ONLY

well, boys boys boys. Most of the Singaporean boys are not very helpful when it comes to aesthetics stuff. When you ask them which one is nicer? they can’t even tell the difference. Give them a series of pink, they are going to tell you they look the same. When it comes to flowers, worst! They will ask if its even needed since its going to die in a day. This was why I created TWTP just for brides, girls have so much to talk about and imagine if all the brides are gathered together they can do their research and learn from each others studies, its a win-win situation. I had in mind a community of brides willing to share their experiences and hard ways and that was what happened at TWTP. I saw brides exchanging phone numbers and making friends.

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GUEST SPEAKERS

Speaking out is a good way to let others know me and my style for sure. If you were there, you would have known that I am not someone who mince my words and hold back. But I do exercise thoughts into my somewhat strong vocabulary, what I said had to be CONSTRUCTIVE. Its not meant to be insulting, it might not what brides want to hear but it is better to come from your stylist than a guest on your wedding day. E.g “eh that dress makes her a** looks big.” Don’t you wish someone had told you that? Yup, that is my job. If I have a knack at what I do, I must say my knack is being able to put things visually in my head. What goes with what, what colours compliment each other. And WHAT DOESN’T GO WITH WHAT. This seems to be a bigger problem in our wedding community, all brides want everything pretty but they can’t seem to visualise if all of the pretty items match each other.

TWTP was also all about individuality, straying away from cookie cutter weddings. Vendors alike, we do not want to replicate nor reproduce but we are open to create and innovate. My creations stem from you, I want to do something that suits you. Not just pulling visuals from Pinterest and replicate.

Wilson from AndroidsinBoots spoke at the party as well, he was one of the first indie photographers that did styled shoots and recognised the importance of a good team. With the same mindset that photoshoots should be YOU, he also does short consult with the couples before shooting them. He shared a few tips on how to achieve best photo outcomes and apparently bringing your groom-to-be out of Singapore is a great way. I guess thats when they feel like its a place that no one recognises them so they can relax and pose!

Cheryl from Wedding Concepteur joined in to address a few issues they always encounter and most importantly what is the key difference between a planner and a stylist. A wedding planner is good when you have no clue how to start, she already has a network of contacts and preferred partners. She does your timeline and advise on your budget. There are occasions when I witnessed break downs between couples, this can be avoided if there are proper communications and Cheryl did emphasise ways to avoid that and most importantly pre-empt them. And sometimes, it is just better for an objective point of view.

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Q&A

The panel discussion was the most anticipated but also the most nerve-wrecking! I realised Singaporeans don’t like to ask questions in a group but only face-to-face. Well, we have to change that people! There are really no stupid questions, and you asking questions may benefit other participants or spark off a series of other questions as well. Lucky I did a series of polling on IG story the days before. There were really awesome questions asked, one was “what is the benefit of hiring a stylist vs. DIY-ing?”. Another was: ” if I hire the stylist, will the stylist compromise the bride or is it vice versa?”.

Gather more of your questions cos I think we might want to do more of this!

Meanwhile, here are some more photo Androids took for the day!

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thank you guys for coming and look out for more events coming out!

xx

FT

 

 

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5 ways to make your solemnization stand out!

not just using florals. by choosing carefully your props and other accents, you can easily make your solemnization stand out.

so a lot of my brides always ask “is it worth it to spend so much on a 30 minute affair?” first, you shouldn’t spend “so much”, spend what you can. i always advise my bride to be practical, spend on what they afford.

think about it this way, this 30 minutes will be one of the most important 30 minutes in your life. all eyes will be on you and your stage, photographers and your friends will be clicking away. its the time of your life that you wanna encapsulate in that wedding video, on the wedding book. so if you can prepare for this why not?

here are 5 ways to make your solemnization stand out without breaking your bank.

  1. Venue

Choose a venue that is already pretty, no need much to be done for it to look personalized and spectacular.

Alkaff mansion is one such venue that i always love, the gazebo especially. The old floral grills, the scallop tiles and the pillars. i have seen people curtain-ing off the insides for a chapel look which is pretty nice too, but don’t over-do it.

in this case, i prefer an open-air look. using only a floral garland overhanging the main side of the gazebo and creating an aisle using flowers. Take note that, i paired this couple up with bright pink for a pop! PIC-24.jpg

a closer look on the fresh floral garland adorning the gazebo. using 6 different kind of roses, gigantic bright pink roses, spray roses and also David Austin roses. PIC-14.jpg

2. A heirloom or vintage piece as signing table

if your venue doesn’t permit too big of a sit-down crowd, a piece of advice: get a chop-chop-curry-pok JP. You could do a few rows of sit-downs ( for the ah mas, preggers and mom with kids) but the rest could stand up.

Check out Apple & Ben’s wedding where their wedding solemnization “table” was in fact her grandma’s sewing machine. How cool is that?

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3. Backdrop

if you are having your solemnization in the middle of nowhere, fret not! Backdrop is the easiest way to pull people’s attention to the right spot, unless you tell me Mt. Fuji is your backdrop then fine. Otherwise in Singapore, creating a focal point is important otherwise all your friends and families will just be glued to their phones when you are saying your vows.

I have a few of these already-made backdrops for rent, the below macramé was hand-knotted by myself ( read more about it on The Wedding Scoop! ). Send me an email for more backdrops that I have on hand.

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4. a floral arch

the easiest thing for a florist to say is: “ADD MORE FLOWERS! FLOWERS HERE, FLOWERS THERE, FLOWERS EVERYWHERE!!!!!” Its easy to say, I will probably die when i’m really doing it. But no, more doesn’t mean good. it looks a bit cliché and trying-too-hard. But just an arch like below is good enough. Framing the picture nicely.

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5. Last but not least : A bevy of pretty bridesmaids.

so if you don’t have the above 4 points, its ok! never mind, jio your chio-est girlfriends. at this point in time, doesn’t matter if you know them or not. I AM KIDDING LAH! But having pretty bridesmaids really do help. they are like the preview of the show, helping the bride calm the guests before she walks in and providing the suspense for the groom!

TIP: i prefer bridesmaids with bouquets, otherwise they don’t know what to do with their hands and then they will start throwing gang signs.

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So, hope you find something useful in this post. till the next post!

xxx

fiona t

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Fruity Rustic Charm @Food For Thought

Wedding of Apple and Ben, photographed by AndroidsinBoots.

When Apple came to look for me, she had loads of awesome ideas. Things i wished i would have done in my own wedding. She wanted foliages, she wanted soft willowy look and she wanted fruity ( as per her name! ). in short, what she wanted was extremely rustic and if you wanna go full force rustic i assumed the outdoors or somewhere airy. However, her love for pancake also cannot be forgotten. Choosing Food for Thought at the National Museum as her venue, here comes the big challenge.

We will have to find a way to tie in the rustic look with the strong and solemn interior of National Museum of Singapore. And most of the time, floral decor is the best way to go about it. With Apple’s heirloom items and with the excellent photography skills of AndroidsinBoots, and a touch of flowers may i present A&B’s wedding at Food for Thought.

 

Apple specifically asked for an oversized bouquet and as flowy as possible. Using peonies, vintage roses, strawberries, little pineapple pods, spirea and assorted wild mix. I tried my best to create the biggest bouquet of my life.  Dangling the strawberries is freaking hard work. applebouquet.jpg

At their wedding, Apple created their own wedding sign and Apple’s dad created a rack filled with memories for the couples. I simply adorned the frame and sign with fruity garlands.

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Apple also used a vintage sewing machine her grandma gave her as solemnization table. Circling the theme, the couple gave measuring tapes as wedding favors and scoured vintage stores looking for old vintage drawers as their centerpieces. Vintage drawers contained photos of their parents and themselves, old buttons and thread spools with little flowers.

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Her love for pancakes also allowed me to create a self-serve Pancake station for the guests. And most interesting of all, instead of a traditional wedding cake Apple and Ben opted for a pancake stack as her wedding cake. Pouring maple syrup on it to seal the deal instead of cutting. How apt!

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this has more meaning that cake cutting don’t  you think?!

a funny and unforgettable moment happened when the bride and groom told me his prickly pineapple boutonniere struck her when they were about to kiss.

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Apple & Ben are also photographers and they customized their own photo booth, I designed a simple moon shaped arch as backdrop. Here’s me and my sister elf.

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and lastly some kind words from the couple themselves. I couldn’t be happier how it turned out and really glad that the couple loved it.

From Apple
“The Strawberries and Baby Pineapples were definitely a conversation starter at our wedding ! Till today our relatives still talked about my husband’s pineapple boutonniere poking me while we kissed ! Everybody definitely had a good laugh about it.My husband friends ( the guys ) definitely loved the pineapples and warned everyone in the group chat to be careful of hugging the groom lest you get poked as well.
The old folks loved the pineapples as it symbolizes ‘Huat’ good fortune and good blessings for our wedding.
At first i was so worried that my handwritten wedding signage wouldn’t fit in yet Fiona decorated it well with apples and matches my name !
Mixed fruit garland beautify the gigantic plain white photo frame that my father hand made.
Our guests were attracted to take photos in front of the lovely floral wreath backdrop by Fiona.
We had a pancake station and we got Fiona to ‘style’ our wedding pancake ! With her straightforward nature and unique taste, i knew i could trust her to surprise me which she certainly did.
Kudos to her for liaising with the restaurant about the pancake sizes and to work with the limited ingredients on hand.
My family and friends couldn’t comprehend my idea of signing our marriage certificate on my grandma heirloom sewing machine, pancake as wedding cake, apples as decorations. I’m so glad that Fiona supported my idea.
Fiona helped me to cope with the stress of planning the wedding with just 2 months to go and juggling with the home renovations.
She is not just as a stylist but also as a friend with good advice on turning my ideas into reality and even better that what I had envisioned!”

Here’s wishing the couple forever love. big Muacks to them! xxx

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later peeps.

fiona t

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3 things you should stop doing for your wedding!

Instead of talking about what are the trends for 2016, how ’bout a few wedding stylists coming together to tell you what are the trends that have come and gone ( and should not be repeated till probably 10 years later)?

Together with Shuying of MerryLove Weddings and Liyi of Styled Story, the two most prominent props and concept curators in the local wedding industry we have come up with 3 ideas that have been over and done with. Shuying of Merrylove said locals should avoid doing these for 2016 because its has been done to death in Singapore! Read on brides-to-be.

First, i have to put a disclaimer. these ideas have been used by us before too, but seeing so many self DIYs replicas, if its better than usual its fine but if its carelessly curated and items are chugged into a corner just to fill empty spaces. then please stop ruining your own wedding photos.

A pre-wedding styled shoot should be

  • about the couple – like duh? imagine a bride coming to you in her super glam princess gown with those poofy under things and the wedding stylist advised her to take a in-the-forest shoot. Tak match right?
  • about the story behind the couple – like what are the things you enjoy doing together? even a simple answer like “reading” will give a wedding stylist 1001 ideas on how to style your wedding.
  • pleasantly curated to say the least – its about you and your story. why would you put random things in there that doesn’t mean a single thing to you?
  1. Flee when you see the Teepee

Teepee is so so so passé, it has been overdone (in many cases badly). The original idea of Teepee weddings was first sighted in US, the meaning of it is similar to getting married under a chuppah. It was best used for brides who are wild, free and can totally rock a boho look. It definitely was the best boho trend two years ago, like i said TWO years ago.

Here is a photo of the teepee shot done right.

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Styled by Merrylove Weddings. Floral by Floral Magic. Captured by Bobby Kiran Photography.

here’s an alternative, speak to your wedding stylist for similar symbolic backdrops like door frames.

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refurbished vintage doors by MerryLove Weddings. Floral by Fiona Treadwell.

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Floral & Styling by Fiona Treadwell. Captured by Androidsinboots.

2. Stacking Wine Crates or whatever boxes for that matter.

Stacking is a great idea, wine crates just because its free and you can pick it up from a wine shop is awesome. But what the hell are you putting in there matters, no?  Putting books i geddit ( everyone read mah ), poms poms i geddit ( its colorful, it adds texture, its pretty ). I see people putting empty jars, bottles with no flowers, a bedside lamp ( ???) , colorful straws (wtf?), rattan balls ( ok unless you are Singapore’s sepak takraw couple?) and nothing in it??

what i am trying to say is, it doesn’t tell anything about you. and if its not pretty, what can be more meaningless? so speak to someone who cares in the first place, anal about putting things in there that means something rather than to fill up spaces and someone aesthetically inclined would help, really.

Styled story uses crates as side accents to these florals but as you can see the ornate gold frame steals the show. and this is how it should be done.

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Styled by Styled Story. Florals by With Every. Captured by Multifolds.

most stylists also used these crates simply to elevate heights, to create layers and basically stacking to create space. but bear in mind, do you even have that much stuff to put in it?

instead of using wine crates, try using these nicely aged ladders, vintage suitcases or even vintage bar cart to elevate height.

 

3 . Dreamcatchers – another boho trend that came and gone with the wind.

I have done it personally. Used it for a couple of weddings then realized it is impractical for outdoor shoot and basically doesn’t tally if theres no bed in the picture. The idea of a dreamcatcher is to sieve out your bad dreams and let the good ones through right? ok, unless you sleep under the tree or at the wedding venue, otherwise then what? right now, dreamcatchers should be pinned under the interiors board for your new up and coming flat. not on your wedding board.

Shamelessly, I have to say we did it right with this pic.

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Styled by Merrylove Wedding. Dreamcatchers by Fiona Treadwell and captured by Fiona Sng of Smittenpixels.

In place of Dreamcatchers, I also see the trend of Macramé backdrops. Hence, hand-knotted by myself.

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hand-knotted macramé backdrop and styled by Fiona Treadwell. Captured by Bloc Memoire Photography.

Alright, till the next post!

 

xxx

FT

** thank you SY and Liyi for your inputs and vetting!

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Wild Child Maternity Shoot

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photography by Fiona Sng of Smittenpixels Photography

Concept & Styling by Merrylove Weddings

Floral & Dreamcatchers by Fiona Treadwell

Lingerie by Lover

Robe by Olivesuite

Fringed Kimono and Dress my own

The grand idea came when ( of course ) i got pregnant, my last pregnancy was a breeze and I really thought i had the pregnancy glow the first time. So this time and DEFINITELY my last pregnancy, i really wanted to document it. When i first told the crew i was pregnant, it seemed like a sure thing to do. Shuying and Fiona were super excited and I definitely got hyped. But then, the nausea came, the cramps came, the acne came, the-whatever-you-can-think-of-pregnancy-symptoms all came I kinda was bouncing around the idea again. Shuying was however reassuring as she is, told me this would be my last time…

Shuying of Merrylove took the liberty to conceptualize something that was truly me, a boho-chic wild child moodboard. Xara Lee, my go-to makeup artist would doll me up, while Fiona of Smittenpixels would be the designated photographer. Celeste from Olive Suite to the last minute rescue with the chantily lace robe. Yup an all girls team, but come to think of it, its so ironic. If you are going to be in lacey-see-through-undies. half naked with a big belly and then showing the world your photos, who cares if you have an all girls team or not. but whatever it is, it made me more comfortable as they were people i worked with all the time.

Shuying’s moodboard made my heart flutter, a bed in the lush greenery. my boudoir shoot is in the woods, like where a wild child should be. hence, she and her elves had to drag a bed and lotsa fluffy pillows into the forest. and the typical me would be, if theres a bed there should be dream catchers. so i DiY-ed a few dream catchers and hung it on trees. and so this materialized…

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we shot late in the evening, where the lights are about to dim to create that dreamy feeling. to be honest, i don’t really enjoy taking photos. much less alone. I was really skeptical and feeling the jitters but the girls were reassuring. and i am glad i did it. I felt bad for Fiona though, she had a lot of ideas and poses for me but i shot them down one by one. Eh i don’t wanna show armpits so don’t ask me put my hands up ah, i told her. And because i was never in front of the camera alone before, i never knew how tiring it could be as well. I thought just standing there was easy, by the end of 1.5 hours i was ready to call it quits. But i am glad i managed to squeeze another 15 minutes out of myself… stay tuned to the end.

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I don’t really know what i wanted to do, but i knew for sure what I don’t want to do. I don’t want those typical maternity boudoir shoot wearing white in the bedroom kind of shots. And having a professional stylist as a friend really helps, Shuying knows me well by now i would say and Fiona definitely knows me but is still trying to push my boundaries. youngsters these days! Its a good thing though, I am a huge fangirl fan-mom of her work. simply because her photos always look clean and exude so much class. It couldn’t be anyone else doing my maternity shoot.

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If you haven’t heard, Xara is my go-to makeup artist. I kept wanting to explore other make up artists but just couldn’t let her go. sounds like an obsessive boyfriend i know but its really hard to find someone you are comfortable with and knows all your facial flaws and then transforms you into something graceful and beautiful. if you think how i look is who i am then you are wrong, i don’t act demure at all. all my friends said, i look prettiest if i sit still and i keep my mouth shut. The thing i like about Xara is, how she does my brows and eyes.

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so i was all tired out after this, but there are some more locations that we really want to feature. there are not many places in Singapore left that is not going to be urbanized, as we speak these places are now slowly being demolished. So i persevered for another 15minutes and Fiona managed to get some great shots out of it.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot, and i dare say we now do it right. so preggers please come forth if you want a conceptualized shoot for yourselves or your family. not only preggers, we are also calling out to all women for boudoir shoots.

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thanks for reading!

and till the next post

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Weaver’s Part II + 2nd B’day Giveaway!

so many things happened from the last post till now, biggest of all was Fiona Treadwell turned 2! and i didn’t even had the time to celebrate, well in between I also had another baby eating into a lot of my boobs time. all these call for a celebration isn’t it? well, i just have in mind the right kind of giveaway. do read till the end…

however, let me get back to where i left off. Weaver’s Part II focus on stationeries, makeup, dessert tables and of cos floral and styling.

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Common Hands is made up of a quirky couple. They were initially my clients, Nigel’s shy disposition with bespectacled Weiqi make the best combo of crafty geek. They are what I look for as clients and as friends, they are both warm-hearted, down-to-earth people who loves crafting, exploring and eating. Due to the lack of time, I taught Weiqi how to upcycle tins for their wedding and in the end what i sparked her to do was to learn typography. She outdone herself really. Inevitably, with their love for typography and  wooden oddities created Common Hands. In line with my style, I had to get them to create stationeries for the shoot. Check out the invites encased in a wooden box, name flags in escort holders, paper-cut buntings and other uncommon stationeries. Soon  they will be decked out in my upcoming revamped website for sale!

Clockwise : Forever & Always cake topper, Name flag in escort holder, Flatlay , paper cuts and bunting

Clockwise : Forever & Always cake topper, Name flag in escort holder, Flatlay , paper cuts and bunting

Dessert tables are gaining popularity at weddings, or as a matter of fact any kind of celebration. Nowadays, i attend weddings and expect a grandeur of desserts and its really becoming a norm. Some people DIY their dessert table, some people hire stylist to do it, regardless its a must-have at weddings these days. And why not? They are happy food, conversation starters, part of the wedding highlight and Chinese believes sweet things bring sweet beginnings. Not wanting to go overboard with my tablescape, I opted for a naked cake with buttercream barnacles cake and Suzanne from Swirl Dessert Tables came up with the awesome chocolate pear tart and raspberry puffs with rosemary.

Get into my tummy

Get into my tummy

I salute brides who go sans makeup on their wedding day, i am someone who is so lazy with even daily skincare routine so i don’t even put makeup everyday. BUTTTTTTTT…. i really think the best day of your life, you have to look your best. As a courtesy to your guests as well. Unless dark eye circles and under eye bags that reach the floor are in trend right now, i would say you should spend that money and get a make-up artist (MUA). Xara Lee was my actual day MUA and was a lot of my other brides MUA, simply because she performs magic every time. She can do light and natural makeup aka Korean style, or she can do Drama-mama style which i personally love. Her contouring, blending or whatever method is so dope she can even transform men into decent looking women. Don’t believe? check her insta here!

This is what the bride-to-be looked like before and after

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before and after

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Lastly, about my participation in Weaver’s. I wanted something frou frou, i wanted something indie, i wanted something boho and i wanted something that Singaporeans are still very afraid to pursue. I wanted to basically just show that it can be done. I spent days and nights learning how to carve a rubber stamp ( thanks sistar – she’s my sister and a star! ), i spent months learning how to knot macramé and i spent years learning how to put together a bundle of flowers. this styled shoot was my chance at showcasing all of that. and i had to do it.

hand carving the stamp. and table runner.

hand carving the stamp. and table runner.

Macramé knotting is so 70s, there must be an ahjumma residing in me. Almost every single time i do one of those macramé jars for church aisles, i get one of those old church ah-ma goers who said they used to do it and can’t believe a youngster like me is still doing it. it always put a smile on me… because i like the word youngster. anyways, it was self-taught, i bought loads of secret manual ( which i can’t believe i paid so much for a photocopied and binded version of the real book ) and watch loads of videos. but this is the end product which i love!

hand-knotted macramé backdrop adorned with intricate macramé plant hangers

hand-knotted macramé backdrop adorned with intricate macramé plant hangers

and they create such a beautiful backdrop regardless if you are in the woods or in an urban jungle. it pulls the focus of your guests when you stand in front of them.

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and these intricate macramé jars are my fave! i would love to do a roomful of them and hang them haphazardly with ever changing florals in them. and i love how the way silvia from Bloc Memoire style the bride-to-be with my hanging planter.

a genius idea of a hanging macramé bouquet as walk in!

a genius idea of a hanging macramé bouquet as walk in!

as for florals, because we had a lot of other elements influencing the shoot, again i wanted it to be subtle and not too attention grabbing. and because the bride-to-be is such a petite lady, i put together a small bouquet of white and greens for her.

garden roses with exotic fillers wrapped with frou frou chic silk.

garden roses with exotic fillers wrapped with frou frou chic silk.

As part of the overall tablescape, I had paper cuts and buntings by common hands overhanging. assorted flowers in various sizes vintage medicinal jars. and wooden succulent planters. stationeries are placed on crystal plates with hand-stamped table runners.

tablescape.

tablescape.

Tadahhhhhhh….. thats the end of my long Weaver’s blogpost. At the end of it, I am so glad I did this shoot. I made lotsa new friends, pushed my own boundaries and hopefully inspire some of the brides and grooms out there. However, this is not the end of it. I would like to do it again, but perhaps this time more people-centric.

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As my second giveaway, I would like to provide a free styled shoot to a deserving and worthy couple. I am in the midst of confirming the vendors but am looking for that one couple with the ultimate love story. Details will be revealed soon so watch this space!

Once again, thank you all participating vendors! and of course to my dear readers! xxx

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